Social Justice Studies

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Reflect, Imagine, Develop, and Act

The Social Justice Studies program is designed for students who are curious about activism in political, social and economic spheres.

Our program provides students with an opportunity to engage in collective actions to address social problems within their own communities. This means that students gather firsthand experience as activists through both on and off campus collaborative organizing.

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Students in the SJS program engage in their learning process as a whole human who brings with them their own community histories, identity, and consciousness.

  • Reflect on their community history and their position they have been placed in American society and global systems of inequalities.
  • Imagine what a just world will look like.
  • Develop their vision and blueprint of actions for change.
  • Act on their growing awareness to help shape society into what they collectively imagine.

Career Outlook

Social Justice Studies encourages students to challenge these structures of oppression through the study and application of political organizing. Through hands-on engagement with the art and mechanics of various forms of political organizing, from consciousness building to direct action, students learn how the histories of social movements inform their place in current struggles for justice.

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Check out the current class schedule.

All Courses

SJS 110 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3 units)

An interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, and its intersections with gender and class in the United States. Examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political conditions among key social groups.

SJS 130 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3 units)

Introduction to key themes and critical frameworks in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. Topics include histories of sexuality; forms of oppression including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; violence against LGBTQ people; queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular media.

SJS 140 Hip Hop Culture and Politics (3 units)

Exploration of the history, aesthetics, and mechanics of Hip Hop culture analyzed from a social, economic, and political perspective. Examines Hip Hop music and culture in its relationship to a variety of political issues and social justice movements. Analyzes how these movements help shape and inform Hip Hop culture in the forms of music, fashion, language, film, lifestyles, and media.

Program Type Total Units
Social Justice Studies for Transfer AA-T 60 Units

Social Justice Studies urges students to challenge structures of oppression through the study and application of political organizing. Majoring in Social Justice Studies is a great preparation for upper-division level studies in Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Labor Studies, and Resistance Studies. Through hands-on engagement with the art and mechanics of various forms of political organizing, from consciousness building to direct action, students who major in Social Justice Studies can seek career in community organizing, journalism, law, labor organizing, NPOs, public policies, and lobbyin, among other fields.

Office Information
Location: Building 1
Email: socialsci-creativearts@smccd.edu
Spring 2023 Courses  |  Fall 2022 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
SJS 110 - 48130 - Intro to Social Justice Studie
SJS 110 Introduction to Social Justice Studies

An interdisciplinary study of race and ethnicity, and its intersections with gender and class in the United States. Examines social justice movements in relation to ethnic and racial groups in the United States to provide a basis for a better understanding of the socio-economic, cultural and political conditions among key social groups.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 9D3
Transfer Credit: UC; CSU (CSU GE Area D)
C-ID: SJS 130
TBA Ulloa, J
Online Class IN
PROGRESS
SJS 130 - 47785 - Intro to LGBTQ Studies
SJS 130 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Introduction to key themes and critical frameworks in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. Topics include histories of sexuality; forms of oppression including heterosexism, homophobia, and transphobia; resistance to oppression; violence against LGBTQ people; queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular media.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Grade Option (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass)
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area 5a; Area 9D3
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area D), UC (IGETC Area 4)
C-ID: SJS 130
TBA Amunrud, M

Social Justice Studies Faculty

Rika Yonemura-Fabian
Rika Yonemura-Fabian (Associate Professor)
Social Science|Creative Arts-Sociology
fabianr@smccd.edu More details »
Mustafa Popal
Mustafa Popal (Assistant Professor)
Social Science|Creative Arts-History
popalm@smccd.edu
BLDG 01- 1101A
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Megan Amundrud
Megan Amundrud (Instructor)
Social Science|Creative Arts-Sociology
amunrudm@smccd.edu More details »

Division Contacts

Angelica Mendoza
Angelica Mendoza (Division Assistant (Detail))
Social Science|Creative Arts-Division Office
mendozaa@smccd.edu More details »
Danni Redding Lapuz
Danni Redding Lapuz (Dean)
Social Science|Creative Arts-Division Office
reddinglapuzd@smccd.edu More details »